Meet Our Faculty

2017-2018 Catalogue

Vivia Lawton Fowler President of the College. B.A. (Religion and Sociology) Columbia College 1976; M.A. (Religion) The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary 1980; Ph.D. (Psychological and Philosophical Foundations of Education) The University of South Carolina 1994. My disciplinary interests are in biblical studies, women's studies, and philosophies and practices of religious education. In higher education, I am interested in issues related to student success and retention, especially in the first year of college. Tate 102.

Melody A. Blake Professor of Psychology, Provost of the College, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Fine Arts Division: Michael McGhee, Division Chair
Departments: Art; Music; Theatre
Interdisciplinary Programs: Advertising and Marketing Communication
Academic Majors: Art (BFA); Advertising and Marketing Communication; Art History; Studio Art; Music; Theatre
Academic Minors: Art History; Studio Art; Music; Photography; Theatre

Dennis Applebee Professor of Art; Program Director, Advertising and Marketing Communication. B.F.A. (Printmaking) Illinois State University 1996; M.F.A. (Printmaking) Ohio State University 1998. My studio interests are in etching and relief printmaking, painting, collage, and drawing. My recent artwork explores the connections, overlaps, and parallels between language, music, and math. Murphey 109A.

Elizabeth Bailey Professor of Art; Program Director, Art History. B.F.A. (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1974; M.F.A., (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1976; Ph.D. (Art History) University of Georgia 1992. My area of specialization in art history is Medieval/Renaissance Art in Tuscany. My particular interest in studio art is painting. Murphey 105A.

Nadine Cheek Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music; Program Director, Music. B.M. (Voice) Wesleyan College 1979; M.M. (Vocal Performance) Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music 1981, M.M. (Choral Conducting) Yale School of Music 1991. I am interested in teaching the young singer how to use her voice well in the performance of a variety of repertoire; including classical art-song, opera, sacred music, and Broadway. I have a particular interest in 20th-century and contemporary American song and choral literature. Porter Fine Arts 101.

Frances de La Rosa Comer Professor of Painting. B.F.A. (Studio Art) University of Alabama 1980; M.F.A. (Painting) Tulane University 1984. Oil on canvas and oil pastel on paper are the primary media which I use to explore 2-dimensional abstractions of landscape, while lost wax casting in bronze and silver are my choice for creating nature-based forms 3-dimensionally. Murphey 106.

Robert Fieldsteel Artist in Residence (Playwriting). B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Antioch University. My plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Also a professional actor, I have acted in more than twenty-five plays, a dozen feature films, and have guest-starred on sixteen television shows. Awards include: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) Award - Best World Premiere Play; Backstage West Garland Award - Playwriting; LADCC Award - Ensemble Performance; Dramalogue Award - Performance. Porter Fine Arts 122.

Chenny Gan Assistant Professor of Music. B.A. (Music and Studio Art) Wesleyan College 2002; M.M. (Piano Performance) University of North Carolina-Greensboro 2004; M.M. (Piano Accompanying) University of North Carolina-Greensboro 2005; D.M.A. (Piano Performance) University of Southern California 2009. My areas of interest/expertise are classical piano technique, improvisation in various idioms, and the role of music in society and outreach. I want to help my students become technically adept musicians, but also well-rounded individuals and productive world citizens through the study of music. I would like to help them be able to use the piano to interact and communicate effectively within various contexts. Porter Fine Arts 103.

Alexis Brooke Gregg Assistant Professor of Art. B.F.A. (Ceramics) University of Georgia 2007; M.F.A. (Ceramics) California State University 2010. The intersection of arts and industry and artists with community is the main focus of my research. I specialize in architectural ceramic techniques including brick carving for public art and permanent installation. Murphey 105B.

Ellen Futral Hanson Associate Professor of Music. B.M. (Music) Wesleyan College, 1983; M.M. (Music) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985. My goal in using the bel canto technique in working with young singers is to apply that method to classical and musical theatre repertoire, as well as to assist the student in the theatrics of singing and movement so that the singer becomes a more charismatic performer. Porter Fine Arts 121.

Frazer Lively Professor of Theatre; Program Director, Theatre. B.A. (Theatre and Dance) State University of New York at Buffalo 1983; M.A. (Theatre Performance and Literature) University of Pittsburgh 1987; Certificate in French, Sorbonne (Paris IV) 1993; Ph.D. (Theatre History and Literature) University of Pittsburgh 1997. My areas of interest in theatre history/literature/performance include symbolist theatre, Chekhov, African-American theatre, and modern protest as theatre. As a theatre practitioner, I have expertise in children's theatre and creative drama, acting, and directing. Porter Fine Arts 119.

Michael McGhee Associate Professor of Music, Chair, Fine Arts Division and College Organist. B.M. (Organ Performance) Shorter College 1999; M.M.(Organ Performance) University of Georgia 2001; D.M. (Organ Performance and Literature) Indiana University School of Music 2005. I am Wesleyan's College Organist and teach courses in organ, harpsichord, music theory, music history and literature. I also am a church musician and an active member of the American Guild of Organists. Porter Fine Arts 105.

James V. Ogden Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design and Production. B.F.A. (Scenic Design & Production) Virginia Commonwealth University 2006; M.F.A.(Theatrical Design) University of Texas at Austin 2014.

Humanities Division: Saralyn DeSmet, Division Chair
Departments: Communication; English; Modern Language; Philosophy and Religious Studies
Interdisciplinary Programs: Women's Studies
Academic Majors: Communication; English; French; Religious Studies; Spanish; Women's Studies
Academic Minors: Communication; English; French; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Spanish; Women's Studies

Virginia Blake Public Services Librarian & Archivist; B.A. (Sociology) University of Maine 2005; M.A. (Public Administration) Georgia College & State University 2007; MLIS University of South Carolina 2011. Willett Library.

David A. Bobbitt Associate Professor of Communication; Program Director, Communication. B.S. (Economics) University of Tennessee 1976; M.A. (Media and Film Studies) Memphis State University 1986; M.A. (Cultural Studies) University of Iowa 1988; Ph.D. (Rhetorical Theory and Criticism) Louisiana State University 1992. My primary interests include media/film theory and criticism, cultural studies, rhetorical theory and criticism, American public discourse, and philosophy of communication. Tate 225B.

Karen Suzanne Bray Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy; Program Director, Religion & Philosophy. B.A. (Liberal Arts), Eugene Lang College of New School University 2005; M.Div. Harvard Divinity School 2010; Ph.D. (Theological and Philosophical Studies in Religion) Drew University 2016. My research areas include continental philosophy of religion; feminist, critical disability, critical race, queer, political, and decolonial theories and theologies; and secularism and the postsecular. I am particularly interested in exploring how secular institutions and cultures behave theologically. Tate 225A.

Saralyn Harrell DeSmet Professor of French and Spanish; Humanities Division Chair; Program Director, French. B.A. (French and Spanish) Vanderbilt University 1990; M.A. (French Literature) Indiana University 1993; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 2001. My professional interests include 18th-century women's epistolary novels in French, especially Isabelle de Charrière, translation, and foreign language education. Tate 209.

Melanie Doherty Associate Professor of English. B.A. (Comparative Literature) University of Massachusetts 1998; M.A. (English and Comparative Literature) Brandeis University 2004; Ph.D. (English and Comparative Literature) Brandeis University. My research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature, media and film studies, digital humanities, critical theory, writing technologies, and writing pedagogy. Tate 220.

Deidra Donmoyer Professor of Communication; Program Director, Women's Studies. B.A. (Communication) Kutztown University 1993; M.A. (Communication) Auburn University 1996; Graduate Certificate (Women's Studies) Bowling Green State University 2001; Ph.D. (Rhetorical Studies) Bowling Green State University 2003. I am interested in understanding the ideological expectations of who and how women should be in society. To accomplish this, my work juxtaposes Rhetorical, Feminist, Film, and Cultural Studies; for example, my research has centered on female action heroes in film. Tate 218.

Joseph Lease Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing. B.A. (English) University of Arkansas 1999; M.A.T., (Secondary English) Duke University 2003; Ph.D. (English) University of Georgia 2012. My foremost research interests include 20th century American and British literature, action theory pertaining to the heroic act in literature and film, and connecting pedagogy and sustainability in the classroom. Tate 217.

Laura K. Lease Assistant Professor of English. B.A. (English) University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2000; M.A. (English) University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2002. My professional interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning, developmental education, rhetoric and composition studies, and Southern literature. Tate 215.

Matthew R. Martin Professor of English; Knox Chair of Humanities; Dean of the Faculty. B.A. (English) Furman University 1985; B.A. (English) Oxford University 1987; Ph.D. (English) University of Virginia 1994. My professional interests include creative writing, Southern literature, and African-American literature. Tate 219.

Regina B. Oost Professor of English; Program Director, English. B.A. (English), University of Utah 1984; M.A. (English) University of Utah 1986; Ph.D. (English) University of Utah 1994. My primary research interests include 18th- and 19th- century British literature, literary theory, African literature, and women's writing. Tate 216.

Kristina Peavy Library Director. B.S. (History) Georgia Southwestern State University 2005; MLIS Valdosta State University 2008. I am very interested in the application of emerging technologies and how they can be used to promote information literacy. Willet Library 210.

Alain-Richard Sappi Assistant Professor of Modern Language; B.A. in Spanish and Latin-American Literature and Culture, University of Yaoundé I-Cameroon, 1996; M.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, University of Yaoundé I-Cameroon, 1999; M.A. with Thesis in Spanish Literature & Culture and Theory of Literature, University of Yaoundé I-Cameroon, 2004; M.A. in Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain, 2007; Ph. D. Cum Laude Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain, 2009. My research interests include 19th-21st century Spanish Literature/Culture and Theory of Literature: Narratology, Semiotics, Literature and Society, Psychoanalysis, Comparative Literature, Postmodernism. Tate 210.

Tyler M. Schwaller Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Ackerman/Hurdle Chaplaincy Chair. B.A. (Religion, Women and Gender Studies) Luther College 2007; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School 2010; Th.D. (New Testament and Early Christianity) Harvard Divinity School 2017. My research areas include slavery in the Roman Empire, women, gender, and sexuality in early Christianity, feminist and queer theory, archaeology and material culture, and the ethics of biblical interpretation. I am particularly interested in how we tell the stories of those who have traditionally been marginalized.

Teresa Parrish Smotherman Professor of Spanish; Program Director, Spanish. B.A. (Spanish) Valdosta State College, 1973; M.A. (Spanish) University of Georgia 1983; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 1996. My research interests include both contemporary Latin American literature, specifically in the area of Liberation Theology, and Peninsular Spanish poetry, the generation of 1950. I am also interested in second language acquisition and the teaching of applied linguistics. Tate 211.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Division: Wanda Schroeder, Division Chair
Departments: Biology; Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics
Interdisciplinary Programs: Dual Degree in Engineering; Environmental Studies; Forensic Science; Neuroscience
Academic Majors: Biology; Chemistry; Dual Degree in Engineering, Environmental Studies; Mathematics; Applied Mathematical Sciences
Academic Minors: Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Mathematics; Physics

Charles Benesh Associate Professor of Physics; Program Director, Physics. B.S. (Physics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1982; Ph.D. (Physics) University of Washington 1988. My primary research involves the description of sub-atomic particles and interactions in terms of their quark and gluon constituents. Taylor 210.

Holly L. Boettger-Tong Professor of Biology; Program Director, Biology. B.S. (Biology) St. Louis University 1986; M.S. (Biology) University of Alabama at Birmingham 1988; Ph.D. (Biology) University of Alabama at Birmingham 1992. My lab uses both in vitro and in vivo model systems to analyze the molecular mechanisms which control female reproductive tract cellular proliferation. In addition, I am interested in the role of the retinoic acid signaling pathway as it influences early vertebrate embryo development. Munroe 110.

James B. Ferrari Professor of Biology; Program Director, Environmental Studies; Wesleyan College Arboretum Director. B.A. (Biology and Northern Studies) Middlebury College 1986; Ph.D. (Ecology) University of Minnesota. My research interests include bird-plant interactions, seasonal patterns of bird diversity, leaf litter dispersal and effects of leaf decomposition on soil nitrogen cycling rates, and forest ecology. Munroe 112.

Glenda K. Ferguson Professor of Chemistry and Munroe Professor of Math and Science. Program Director, Chemistry. B.S. (Chemistry and Biology) Kentucky Wesleyan College 1987; Ph.D. (Chemistry) University of Georgia 1993. I conduct pharmaceutical analyses with the use of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), primarily developing separation methods and determining relative concentrations of multi-component formulations. Current projects include analyses of pain medications as well as drugs used in the treatment of psychological disorders. Munroe 212.

Randy Heaton Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Program Director of Applied Mathematical Sciences and Dual-Degree Engineering. B.S. (Applied Mathematics) Georgia Institute of Technology 2006; Ph.D. (Pure Mathematics) Florida State University 2012. I am interested in cryptographic problems related to trap-door functions and exploits on cryptographic schemes. I also am interested in symbolic computation problems related to elliptic curves and modular forms. Tate 14.

Joseph A. Iskra, Jr. Herbert Preston and Marian Haley Associate Professor of Mathematics. B.A. (Mathematics) Florida Southern College 1976; M.S. (Mathematics) Vanderbilt University 1978; Ph.D. (Mathematics) Vanderbilt University 1983. My research interests are in abstract algebra, specifically semigroup theory. I have some knowledge in related areas such as lattice theory, graph theory, and set theory. Tate 13.

Barry K. Rhoades Professor of Biology. B.A. (Psychology) Colorado College 1976; A.M. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago 1981; Ph.D. (Physiology) University of California at Berkeley 1990. My primary interests include physiology of the sense of smell in mammals, modeling and analyzing neural network interactions, behavioral ecology of reptiles and amphibians, and electronic and computer simulations for teaching neuroscience and animal behavior. Munroe 106.

Wanda T. Schroeder Professor of Biology and Munroe Chair of Life Sciences. B.A. (Biology) Wesleyan College 1980; Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 1987. My research is focused on elucidating the molecular events involved in regulating differentiation in epidermal keratinocytes and uterine and vaginal epithelial cells. Specifically, I study and compare gene expression of such differentiation-specific proteins as transglutaminase, keratin, and cornifin in normal and cancerous states in these tissues. Munroe 114.

Laura Jessica Strausberg Assistant Professor of Chemistry. B.A. (Chemistry) Hollins University 2008; Ph.D.(Chemistry) University of Virginia 2013.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Division: Jim Rowan, Division Chair
Departments: History and Political Science; Psychology
Interdisciplinary Programs: Asian Studies, Forensic Science, Neuroscience, Organizational Behavior
Academic Majors: History; International Relations; Neuroscience, Political Science; Psychology
Academic Minors: Asian Studies; Equine-Assisted Therapy; Forensic Science; History; Neuroscience; Organizational Behavior; Political Science; Psychology

Brooke Bennett-Day Associate Professor of Psychology; Program Director, Psychology. B.S. (Psychology) Valdosta State University 1999; M.S. (Social Psychology) Florida State University 2004; Ph.D. (Social Psychology) Florida State University 2007. My primary interests involve the effect that race may have on an individual's face recognition ability, as well as the developmental differences in child and adult memory for faces. Additional interests include interracial attitudes and stereotype formation, juror interpretations of legal proceedings, and best teaching practices. Taylor 131.

Holly E. Cole Assistant Professor of Psychology; B.A. (Psychology) The University of Oklahoma 2012; M.A. (Experimental Psychology) The University of Arkansas 2014; Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) The University of Arkansas 2017.  My research interests intersect cognitive psychology and social psychology. I am particularly interested in how social interactions and social pressures may influence a person’s memory.

Barbara Donovan Professor of Political Science and Dupont Guerry Chair of History and Economics; Program Director, International Relations. B.A. (International Relations) Tufts University 1985; M.A. (Area Studies) University of London 1987; Ph.D. (Political Science) Georgetown University 1997. I teach courses in comparative and international politics. My areas of specialization are German and European politics, democratization, regional integration, and immigration. Tate 131.

Thomas C. Ellington Professor of Political Science; Program Director, Political Science. B.A. (Political Science, Journalism) University of Alabama 1994; M.A. (Political Science) University of Alabama 1996; M.A. (Government and Politics) University of Maryland 1998; Ph.D. (Government and Politics) University of Maryland 2004. My research includes work on the impact of official secrecy on democracy, political paranoia, participatory democratic theory, and political violence. Tate 134.

Karen Huber Associate Professor of History; Program Director, History. B.A. (History and French Language and Literature) University of Dayton 1998; M.A. (History) Ohio State University 2002; Ph.D. (History) Ohio State University 2007. I teach a wide range of courses on European and world history. My specific areas of interest are modern European history and women's history, and in particular the social and political history of women in France. My current research project examines the sexual and reproductive decision-making of women in early twentieth century Europe, with particular focus on French women charged with abortion and infanticide. Tate 135.

Michele T. Martin Professor of Psychology. B.A. (Psychology) Michigan State University 1987; M.A. (Psychology) University of Virginia 1992; Ph.D. (Psychology) University of Virginia 1995. My area of specialty is child, family, and adult clinical psychology. My research interests are the effects of family factors on child and adolescent adjustment. I have examined the effects of family variables on the management of juvenile diabetes and explored family functioning in divorced and single-parent families. Taylor 122.

James D. Rowan Professor of Psychology; Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Program Director, Neuroscience. B.A. (Biology and Psychology) Malone College 1988; M.A. (Experimental Psychology) Kent State University 1990: Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology with Biopsychology Concentration) Kent State University 1993. My area of interest is comparative cognition, more specifically, how humans and animals learn lists of information. I am also interested in the effects of early exposure to drugs on list learning in adulthood. Munroe 108.

Nicholas J. Steneck Associate Professor of History. B.A. (Honors in History) University of Michigan 1992; M.A. (International Affairs/Security Policy Studies) George Washington University 1996; M.A. (History) Ohio State University 2000; Ph.D. (History) Ohio State University 2005.  My research interests broadly examine the effect of catastrophic, traumatic events, such as war (or the threat of such events) on individual and collective identity formation and memory. Tate 133.

Professional Studies Division: Patrick Pritchard, Division Chair
Departments: Business and Economics; Education; Health and Physical Education
Interdisciplinary Programs: International Business, Organizational Behavior
Academic Majors: Accounting; Business Administration; Early Childhood Education; Economics; International Business; Sport Management
Academic Minors: Accounting; Business; Economics; Educational Studies; Finance; Organizational Behavior; Reading; Sport Management
Graduate Programs: Master of Business Administration; Master of Education in Early Childhood Education

Stacie Barrett Assistant Professor of Business. B.A. (Mass Communications) Fort Valley State University 2008; M.B.A., Wesleyan College 2011.

Wendy Hamm Assistant Professor of Education; B.S. (Education - Early Childhood) University of Georgia 1982; M.A. (Education - Reading Specialist) Mercer University 1988; Ed.S. (Early Childhood) Georgia College & State University 1998. I have a passion for literacy in the elementary classroom. My 30+ years of teaching and coaching new teachers have inspired me as a teacher teacher.

Kara J. Kostiuk Assistant Professor of Accounting; B.A. (Studio Art) Denison University 1997; M.A. (Art History) Antioch University 2006; MAcc (Accounting) Georgia College & State University 2012. My research interests include the psychological aspects of fraud and the economic implications of tax, accounting, and auditing regulatory updates. Taylor 215.

Megan J. McMahon Assistant Professor of Accounting. B.A. (Business Administration) University of Georgia 2004; MAcc (Accounting) University of Georgia 2004. My background in working for accounting firms in Atlanta and Macon have given me a strong knowledge of accounting, attest and auditing. I have experience in the manufacturing field of business which required me to use Cost accounting skills. Before joining Wesleyan I worked for Macon-Bibb County so I have a great understanding of governmental accounting.

Glenna Asbury Meyer D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise. B.S. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University; M.A. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University; Ed.D. (Business Education/Management) University of Southern Mississippi. My primary research focuses on international business in Eastern Europe, gender issues in business communication, and marketing strategies for small businesses. Taylor 232.

Patrick Pritchard Alumnae Professor of Education; Program Director, Educational Studies; Director, Center for Educational Renewal; Chair, Division of Professional Studies. B.A. (History, Social Science for Secondary Education), B.S. (Liberal Arts) Eastern Mennonite College 1984; M.Ed. (Special Education) Clemson University 1987; Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) Clemson University, Clemson 1998. My primary research interest is nature-smart education. Taylor 117.

Philip Davis Taylor Professor of Economics and Clara Carter Acree Chair of Social Sciences; Program Director, Business and Economics; Director, Executive M.B.A. Program. B.A. (Economics) University of North Carolina 1971; M.B.A. (Finance) University of North Carolina 1973; M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1989. My primary interests include the valuation of stocks and bonds and their derivative instruments and the impact of globalization on the financial institutions that trade these securities. Taylor 217.

Virginia Wilcox Associate Professor of Education; Director of Early Childhood Education Program. B.A. (Early Childhood Education) Wesleyan College 1990; M.Ed. (Early Childhood) Auburn University 1995; Ph.D. (Elementary Education) Auburn University 2005. I teach courses in math, science, and technology methods. My areas of specialization are identifying misconceptions in children's constructed knowledge and teaching conceptually across content areas. Taylor 116.

Ying Zhen Assistant Professor of Business; B.A.(Economics) Communication University of China 2007; M.A.(Economics) Clark University 2009; Ph.D.(Economics) Clark University 2012. My major field of specialization is labor economics. My research interests include economics of immigration, gender and minority; demand and supply of labor; wages and compensation; mobility and unemployment. I am particularly interested in exploring how English-language proficiency affects foreign-born immigrants' labor market performance in the United States, especially for female immigrants. My minor field is industrial organization. I am interested in market structure, firm strategy, and market performance. Taylor 231.

Nursing Division: Sirena S. Fritz, Division Chair
Department: Nursing
Academic Major: Nursing (BSN)

Carla A. Adams Assistant Professor of Nursing. A.S. (Nursing) Clayton State University 1995; M.S.N Clayton State University 2016. Certified in Breast Care Management / Nurse Navigator. My research focus is Palliative Care Staff Development. I am currently enrolled a nursing education EdD program at University of West Georgia. Munroe 220.

Sirena S. Fritz Associate Professor of Nursing, Program Director, Chair, Division of Nursing. B.S. (Nursing) Georgia College 1992; M.S.N. (Adult Health) Georgia College & State University 2001. My academic focus is adult health and medical/surgical nursing. My areas of specialization in clinical nursing are invasive, non-invasive cardiology and critical care nursing. Munroe 201.

Holly N. Hollis Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S. (Nursing) Georgia College & State University 2004, M.S. (Adult Health and Education) Georgia College & State University 2007, Post M.S. (Nursing Education) Georgia College & State University 2008, EdD. (Nursing Education) University of Alabama Tuscaloosa 2014. Research interests include technology, social media in higher education to create environments of collaborative learning, and problem based learning in the classroom and clinical settings. Nursing background and interests include critical care, neurology, and emergency room nursing. Munroe 216.

Teresa L. Kochera Associate Professor of Nursing; B.S. (Sociology) Excelsior College 2001, M.S.N. University of Phoenix 2005, Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) Georgia Health Sciences University 2012. I have clinical certifications in Adult Progressive Care (PCCN) and Clinical Nurse Leadership (CNL). My research interests include clinical outcomes improvement through system realignment, the healthcare burden of vulnerable populations, and student-centered education, utilizing simulation technology and service learning. Munroe 202E.

Marsha Alex Ward Roberts Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S. (Microbiology) University of Georgia 1994; M.S. (Nursing) Medical College of Georgia 2010; DNP (Acute Care/Geriatrics) Georgia Regents University 2016. My interests include critical care, end of life care, and caregiver burnout. I am particularly interested in the implementation of evidence based practice for sepsis patients and its impact on mortality. Munroe 214.

Deonna (Dee) S. Tanner Associate Professor of Nursing. A.S. (Nursing) Gordon College 1996; B.S.N University of West Georgia 1997; M.S.N. 2003; PhD (Nursing) Georgia State University 2012. Research focus is factors that influence treatment seeking delay among Older Adults diagnosed with Acute Myocardial Infarction.

FACULTY 2017-2018

Vivia L. Fowler, President of the College. B.A., Columbia College; M.A., Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; Ph.D., University of South Carolina.

Melody A. Blake, Provost of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University.

Carla A. Adams, Assistant Professor of Nursing. L.P.N., Gwinnett Technical School; A.S.N., M.S.N., Clayton State University.

Dennis La Delbert Applebee, Professor of Art. A.A., Illinois Valley Community College; B.F.A., Illinois State University; M.F.A., Ohio State University.

Helen Elizabeth Bailey, Professor of Art. B.F.A., M.F.A., Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Stacie Renee Barrett, Assistant Professor of Business. B.A., Fort Valley State University; M.B.A., Wesleyan College.

Charles John Benesh, Associate Professor of Physics. B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D., University of Washington.

L. Brooke Bennett-Day, Associate Professor of Psychology. B.S., Valdosta State University; M.S, Ph.D., Florida State University.

Virginia Blake, Public Services Librarian & Archivist. B.A., University of Maine; M.A., Georgia College & State University; MLIS, University of South Carolina.

David Anthony Bobbitt, Associate Professor of Communication. B.S., University of Tennessee; M.A., University of Memphis; M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., Louisiana State University.

Holly Lynn Boettger-Tong, Professor of Biology. B.S., St. Louis University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Karen Suzanne Bray, Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy. B.A., Eugene Lang College, New School University; M.Div., Harvard Divinity School; M.A., Ph.D., Drew University.

Nadine Cheek, Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music. B.M., Wesleyan College; M.M., Cincinnati Conservatory of Music; M.M. Yale University.

Holly E. Cole, Assistant Professor of Psychology. B.A., University of Oklahoma; M.A., Ph.D., University of Arkansas.

Frances de La Rosa, Catherine L. Comer Professor of Painting and Drawing. B.F.A., University of Alabama; M.F.A., Tulane University.

Sarah Jacqueline Harrell DeSmet, Professor of Modern Foreign Languages. B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Melanie Doherty, Associate Professor of English, B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Ph.D., Brandeis University.

Deidra D. Donmoyer, Professor of Communication. B.A., Kutztown University; M.A., Auburn University; Ph.D. & Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, Bowling Green State University.

Barbara Terese Donovan, Professor of Political Science. Guerry Chair of History and Economics. B.A., Tufts University; M.A. University of London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies; Ph.D., Georgetown University.

Thomas Coke Ellington, Associate Professor of Political Science. B.A., M.A., University of Alabama; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland.

Glenda Kay Ferguson, Munroe Chair of Math and Science. Professor of Chemistry. B.S., Kentucky Wesleyan College; Ph.D., University of Georgia.

James Bennett Ferrari, Professor of Biology. A.B., Middlebury College; Ph.D., University of Minnesota.

Sirena Sawyer Fritz, Associate Professor of Nursing. M.S.N., B.S.N., Georgia College and State University.

Chenny Quan Gan '02, Assistant Professor of Music. B.A., Wesleyan College; M.M., University of North Carolina Greensboro; D.M.A., University of Southern California. 

Tommi L. Gill, Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S.N., East Tennessee State University; M.S., Troy University; M.S.N., Loyola University.

Alexis Brooke Gregg, Assistant Professor of Art. B.F.A., University of Georgia; M.F.A., California State University Long Beach.

Wendy Hamm, Assistant Professor of Education. B.S., University of Georgia; M.A., Mercer University; Ed.S., Georgia College & State University.

Ellen Futral Hanson '83, Associate Professor of Music. B.M., Wesleyan College; M.M., University of Tennessee.

Randall Joseph Heaton, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology; Ph.D., Florida State University.

Holly Hollis, Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S.N., M.S.N., Georgia College and State University; Ed.D., University of Alabama.

Karen E. Huber, Associate Professor of History. B.A., University of Dayton; Ph.D., M.A., Ohio State University.

Joseph Aloysius Iskra, Jr., Herbert Preston and Marian Haley Associate Professor of Mathematics. B.A., Florida Southern College; M.S., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University.

Teresa Lynn Kochera, Associate Professor of Nursing. A.A., Laramie County Community College; B.A., Excelsior College; M.S.N., University of Phoenix; D.N.P., Georgia Health Sciences University.

Kara J. Kostiuk, Assistant Professor of Accounting. B.A., Denison University; M.A., Antioch University; MAcc, Georgia College & State University.

Joseph Russell Lease, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing. B.A., University of Arkansas; M.A.T., Duke University; Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Laura K. Lease, Assistant Professor of English. B.A., M.A. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Frazer B. Lively, Professor and Director of Theatre. B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.

Matthew Roberts Martin, Knox Chair of Humanities. Professor of English. Dean of the Faculty. B.A., Furman University; B.A., Oxford University; Ph.D., University of Virginia.

Michele Tuer Martin, Professor of Psychology. B.A., Michigan State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia.

Michael Clark McGhee, Associate Professor of Music. B.M., Shorter College; M.M., University of Georgia; D.M., Indiana University.

Megan J. McMahon, Assistant Professor of Accounting.  B.B.A., MAcc., University of Georgia.

Glenna Asbury Dod Meyer, D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise. Director of the Weekend Degree Completion Program. B.S., M.A., Eastern Kentucky University; Ed.D., University of Southern Mississippi.

James V. Ogden, Assistant Professor of Theatrical Design and Production. B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University; M.F.A., University of Texas at Austin.

Regina B. Oost, Cobb Alumnae Professor of English. B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Utah.

Kristina C. Peavy, Library Director. B.S. Georgia Southwestern University; M.L.I.S., Valdosta State University.

Patrick Calvin Pritchard, Alumnae Chair of Education. Professor of Education. B.A., B.S., Eastern Mennonite College; M.Ed.., Ph.D., Clemson University.

Barry Kent Rhoades, Professor of Biology. B.A., Colorado College; A.M., University of Chicago, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley.

Marsha Alex Ward Roberts, Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S., University of Georgia; M.S., Medical College of Georgia; D.N.P., Augusta University. 

James Donald Rowan, Professor of Psychology. B.A., Malone College; M.A., Ph.D., Kent State University.

Alain-Richard Sappi, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages. B.A., M.A., University of Yaounde I, Cameroon; M.A., Ph.D., Universidad Complutense De Madrid, Spain.

Wanda Theresa Maynard Schroeder, Munroe Chair of Life Sciences. Professor of Biology. A.B., Wesleyan College; Ph.D., University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Tyler M. Schwaller, Ackerman/Hurdle Chaplaincy Chair and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. B.A., Luther College; M.Div., Th.D., Harvard Divinity School.

Teresa Parrish Smotherman, Professor of Modern Languages. B.A., Valdosta State University; M.A.., Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Nicholas John Steneck, Associate Professor of History. B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., George Washington University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University.

Laura Jessica Strausberg, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. B.A., Hollins University; Ph.D., University of Virginia.

Deonna S. Tanner, Associate Professor of Nursing. A.S., Gordon College; B.S.N., M.S.N., University of West Georgia; Ph.D., Georgia State University. 

Phillip Davis Taylor, Clara Carter Acree Chair of Social Sciences. Professor of Economics. B.A., M.B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; M.A., Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Virginia Bowman Wilcox, Associate Professor of Education. B.A., Wesleyan College; M.Ed., Ph.D., Auburn University.

Ying Zhen, Assistant Professor of Business. B.A., Communication University of China; M.A., Ph.D., Clark University.


Laura Jill Amos '87, Instructor of Human Services. A.B., Wesleyan College; M.S., Georgia College & State University.

Edward Brewer, Instructor of Communication. B.A., Maryville College; M. Div., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University.

Campbell Tanner Coleman, Instructor of Art. B.F.A., The University of Georgia.

Terence Cantwell, Instructor of Music. B.M., M.M., University of Georgia.

Sergey Y. Chernokov, Instructor of Computer Science. B.B.A., M.B.A., Georgia College & State University

Jessica Denniston, Instructor of Riding and Equine Assisted Therapy. B.A. Virginia Intermont College.

Nicky DiMarzio, Program Director for HPE, Instructor of Sport Management. B.S., Skidmore College; M.S.Ed., Baylor University.

Beth Mason Duncan, Instructor of Business. A.B., Wesleyan College, M.A., J.D., Mercer University.

Jason Economides, Instructor of Music. B.M., Arizona State University, M.M., University of Michigan.

Robert Fieldsteel, Instructor of Theatre. Artist in Residence - Playwriting. B.A., Dartmouth College; M.A., Antioch University.

Richard Fowler, Instructor of Golf.  B.A., M.P.A., University of South Carolina.

Jessica Hardman, Instructor of Dance. B.A., University of Southern Mississippi.

Dwight Hines, Instructor of Business. A.S, Community College of the Air Force; B.S. University of Maryland University College, Heidelberg, Germany; M.B.A., Wesleyan College.

Alex Kosicki, Instructor of Tennis. B.A., Springfield College.

Charles Ladson, Instructor of Art. B.F.A., School of Visual Arts; M.F.A., The University of Georgia.

Miriam Langley, Instructor of Aerobics. B.S., M.Ed., University of Georgia.

Felicer Lewis, Instructor of Business.  B.S.S.S., Mercer University; M.B.A., Wesleyan College.

Weihong Liu, Instructor of Chinese.  M.A., Hunan University.

Kathy Malone, Instructor of Physical Education.

Molly M. Martin, Instructor of Yoga. B.A., Mercer University; M.A., Lexington Theological Seminary.

Lisa Gratigny Pang, Instructor of Tae Kwon Do.

Douglas Richardson, Instructor of Business. B.A. Pensacola Christian College;  M.B.A., Wesleyan College.

Kenneth Trimmons, Instructor of Music. B.A., Valdosta State University; M.M., Mercer University; D.M.A., Florida State University.

William Wi, Instructor of Business (Accounting). B.Commerce, Philippines; Baguio, B. Theology, Portland Bible College; M.B.A., Wesleyan College.

Terry Ann Wolstencroft, Instructor of Business. A.S., B.S., Middle Georgia College; M.B.A., Wesleyan College; M.A., Liberty University.

Angie O'Neal Wright '07, '10, Instructor of Business. A.B., M.B.A., Wesleyan College.

Momo Yoshida, Instructor of Japanese.  B.A., University of Victoria.


Fletcher Clark Anderson, Professor Emeritus of Music. A.B., B.M.E. Birmingham Southern College; M.S., University of Illinois; Ed.D., University of Georgia.

William Leonard Curry, Professor Emeritus of Psychology. Eleanor McDonald Storza Chair of Social Science. B.S., M.Ed., Georgia Southern College; Ed.D., University of Georgia.

Charles Edward Eikner, Professor Emeritus of Music. Catherine Jr. Comer Professor of Fine Arts. Texas Technological College; B.M., Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester; M.M., Belgrade Music Academy of Yugoslavia.

Patricia R. Hardeman, Professor of Biology and Registrar Emerita. A.B., Wesleyan College; M.S., Georgia College and State University.

Hilary Watson Kight, Professor Emerita of Mathematics. A.B., Mercer University; M.A.T., Emory University; Ph.D., Georgia State University.

Ruth Austin Knox '75, President Emerita. A.B., Wesleyan College; J.D., The University of Georgia.

Haseltine Neal Roberts, Librarian Emerita. A.B., Wesleyan College;  M.S., Florida State University.

Sylvia L. Ross, Professor of Music Emerita. B.S. Denison University; M.S.M., Union Theological Seminary; D.M.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Leah Marcile Taylor, Professor of History Emerita. B.A., Vanderbilt University;  Ph.D., Louisiana State University.

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Wesleyan College is privileged to steward many arts and cultural events and share them with the community. Most are free and open to the public. Wesleyan art galleries are open M-F 1:30 – 5:00 PM and on Wesleyan Market Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

View More
Visit our Campus

Visit our Campus

Tour our beautiful 200-acre campus featuring Georgian architecture, lush green spaces, recreational facilities, residence halls, and worship center.

Tour Now
NCAA Division III Athletics

NCAA Division III Athletics

Wesleyan College is home to five NCAA Division III sports: soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and softball. In addition, we offer an award-winning Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Equestrian program.

Learn More

Join our email list